Episode 1 - Mathieu Lacroix
During this conversation, Mathieu Lacroix reflects upon his artistic practice, which is always related to the very process of creating, whether through the staging of his work or the mise en abyme—infinite reproduction—of materials. Lacroix speaks about the social and political dimensions of working in art, as well as the capitalist codes enfolding it. The artist also discusses his involvement in a number of artists’ collectives and the role of music in his practice.
Episode 2 - My-Van Dam
During this episode, artist My-Van Dam talks to us about her practice and its concern with memory, intergenerational trauma, family and grief. She speaks about the importance of sculpture and materials, which allow her to convey the psychological states she addresses in that practice.
Episode 3 - Rita Adib
My conversation with artist Rita Adib deals with the place feminism, power games and anger have in her work. Adib also shares her thoughts on the feeling of belonging in respect to the experience of migration.
Episode 4 - Juan Ortiz-Apuy
In this episode, Juan Ortiz Apuy describes his artistic practice, which is concerned with the relationships people have with materiality, the unknowability of the lives of objects and the way in which advertising and design give them powers that make us desire them. Ortiz Apuy also speaks to us about his commitment to teaching.
Episode 5 - Abbas Akhavan
Abbas Akhavan tells us about his practice and how important the specificity of the spaces in which he works is. Through his installations, Akhavan deals with topics and widely distributed images often relating to the wars, such as those in Iraq and Syria, that up until now have characterized the twenty-first century. He uses images of monuments, ruins and war trophies to consider the way in which such images are charged with meaning, as well as how they influence our perceptions. His installations and the materials he favours often reflect the vocabularies of theatre and film production, architectural follies and green screens, becoming portals to the worlds they replicate.
Episode 6 - Miles Greenberg
Miles Greenberg talks to us about his durational performance practice, which primarily uses his own body as raw material. The artist also speaks about the influence sculpture has had on his live installations, and the outstanding figures, including Marina Abramović, Édouard Locke and Robert Wilson, that have mentored or taught him.
Episode 7 - Kamissa Ma Koïta
This conversation with artist Kamissa Ma Koïta examines the importance of our relationship with the environment and of traditional and Indigenous cultures in ensuring its future. They outline the path their practice of performance has taken, the institutional critique that informs it and how their performances address the systemic racism and “whiteness” in the art world and society as a whole.
Episode 8 - Ifeoma Anyaeji
Ifeoma Anyaeji shares with us the significance of her Nigerian Igbo roots to her artistic practice. She speaks about a traditional West African hairstyling technique, common in Nigeria, known as threading, which she uses to create sculptures made up of non-biodegradable plastic bags and bottles—what she calls Plasto-Art. Anyaeji’s powerful thoughts on plastic spark consideration of how solutions can be found to the problem of its disposal.
Mojeanne Behzadi is a curator and poet based in Tiohtià:ke/Montreal. She currently runs Art Speaks, an international lecture series on contemporary art, and is Curator, Research and Programming at Artexte. The holder of an MA in Art History from Concordia University, she has worked as a curatorial assistant in contemporary art at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and, for the Papier art fair, as an educational programming coordinator at the Contemporary Art Galleries Association (AGAC). She regularly writes for a number of arts organizations, including BlackFlash Magazine, ELLEPHANT, the Phi Foundation and Centre CLARK. Her recent curatorial research has focused on the theme of love as a radical tool for resistance, mobilization and social transformation.
Photo credit: Christopher Honeywell